Before I dive in, go see this, especially if you like the story!
This is one of my favorite books of all time so of course I had to see it as a musical. The music is really good, though some songs had their climaxes in the middle instead of at the end leaving you wondering when to clap, which would be great with a little rework. Stay and The Treasure is You were two particular standouts as great songs that really linger with you afterward. Loved that Treasure sandwiched the story, great choice there.
The cast puts on a great performance and their best faces despite some strange blocking and costume choices. The leads are all vocal standouts.
Where I struggled was clear characterization. Franz comes out of nowhere as a primary and we miss the conspiracy between the three “evil” characters – Danglars, Caderousse, and Fernand (which I’m sad about losing but I kind of get it) before they set up Dantes with Villefort. Such a pivotal moment that establishes the entire purpose of the rest of the story. Overall, though, the story is true to form. A little book rework and an outside director’s vision would help a lot.
I didn’t understand why we needed a “younger” Dantes and Mercedes. I would rather see the same characters playing that part. It was jarring to see them as their “new” characters after that.
Lastly, ditch the beards, way more distracting than useful. Great job you guys! A very enjoyable production!